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Section III announced its boys and girls postseason brackets Wednesday, and a handful of Cayuga County-area teams are in the mix. 

In total, all six area boys teams in Section III qualified for playoffs, while three are guaranteed at least one home game. 

Four girls teams made their respective sectional tournaments, and two have the opportunity to host a game. 

Here's how the sectional brackets turned out:

BOYS

CLASS A

Auburn boys basketball will host a sectional game for a third straight year. The No. 8 Maroons will be home to No. 9 Fulton Friday at 6 p.m. Auburn finished the regular season at 10-10, though came on hot in the second half of the season. The Maroons have won six of their last seven games dating back to Jan. 18. Included in that stretch is an impressive win over Jamesville-DeWitt, a team that has frequented the state rankings this year. 

Auburn split the season series with Fulton this year. The Maroons fell to the Red Raiders 69-67 on Dec. 11, then came back to beat Fulton on the road 66-63 Jan. 25.

CLASS B

Skaneateles (17-3) started its season a whopping 15-0 and that was enough to earn the Lakers the second seed in the Class B tournament. The Lakers will open at home Saturday at 4 p.m. against the winner of No. 15 Adirondack and No. 18 Oneida. 

Jordan-Elbridge (11-9) will begin the sectional tournament on the road, as the 10th seed, at No. 7 Solvay Friday at 7 p.m. The Eagles dropped both their meetings with the Bearcats during the regular season, including the finale Wednesday 67-63. 

CLASS C

Highlighting the Class C bracket's opening round will be a meeting between two familiar foes. 

Weedsport (19-1) earned the No. 3 seed, behind Cooperstown and Utica Academy of Science, and will host rival Port Byron (9-11) Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors swept the season series, beating the Panthers 75-40 at home on Dec. 19 and then on the road 72-52 on Feb. 8. 

It's not the first time the two rival schools have met in sectionals. Port Byron got the better of its Weedsport counterparts in a first-round sectional game back in 2015, which the Panthers emerged with a 70-63 victory.

Cato-Meridian (11-9) will also begin its sectional journey on Friday, when the No. 13 Blue Devils travel to West Canada Valley to face off with the Indians. The two teams did not meet during the regular season. 

GIRLS

CLASS A

Despite a 14-win season, Auburn will play its first sectional game on the road. The Maroons (14-5), seeded fifth in the bracket, earned a bye to the section quarterfinals and will travel to No. 4 Indian River on Thursday, Feb. 20 for a 6 p.m. game. Auburn did not play Indian River during the regular season. 

CLASS B

Skaneateles (13-7) narrowly missed out on a home game. The Lakers are the No. 9 seed in the Class B tournament and will head to Adirondack for a first-round game Friday at 7 p.m.

CLASS C

Weedsport (19-1) is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and has earned a first-round bye. 

The Warriors will host a sectional game on Saturday at 3 p.m., and will know its opponent by Thursday night. Weedsport will be home against the winner of No. 16 Port Byron (8-12) and No. 17 Tully, a game that is slated for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Port Byron. 

Should the Panthers beat Tully, they'll meet Weedsport for the third time this season. The Warriors beat Port Byron 70-57 on Dec. 6 and 68-38 at home on Jan. 15.

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Sports writer Justin Ritzel can be reached at 282-2257 or at justin.ritzel@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenRitz.

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